What Everyone Is Getting Wrong About Artificial Intelligence In China. An Interview with Chris Thomas of McKinsey & Co. (Video)


Christopher Thomas is arguably the artificial intelligence guru of Asia. He leads McKinsey’s Semiconductors Practice in Asia and is also their global head for digital strategy. And prior to McKinsey, he was the general manager for Intel China. You will basically not find a smarter person out there on this subject.

Plus, he’s a really good guy. Jonathan Woetzel (also McKinsey & Co) and I have been fortunate to have him as a guest lecturer in our courses at Peking University Guanghua School of Management.

I recently sat down with Chris and asked him my standard five questions:

  1. What is the most important thing going on in A.I. right now?
  2. What is the biggest difference between A.I. in China and the West?
  3. What is everyone getting wrong about A.I. in China?
  4. What happens next? What is coming in 2-3 years?
  5. What is an easy first step for a CEO in A.I.?

His answers were fascinating and are shown in the video below (link here. Sorry only YouTube). He also gave an hour lecture to our students and I will post that entire lecture shortly. My apologies for the poor video quality – but I think his comments are fascinating.

Thanks for watching.

Cheers, jeff


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